The appointments will be made by the end of March.

The BFI has revealed that it has had a strong response to its search for new trustees to sit on its board.

The UK body has received a hundred applications for its recruitment advertisement to fill five unpaid posts on its Board of Trustees, including that of Deputy Chair.

A spokesperson for the BFI said that it had received applications from a range of candidates, including studio heads, directors and producers, television documentary film-makers, lawyers, financiers and politicians.

A shortlist of candidates will now be drawn up and invited to meetings over the coming weeks, with appointments being made by the end of March.

“We are really pleased with the volume and calibre of applicants and I think this is an indication of just how willing key people in the industry are to get involved in helping us shape film in the UK,” said a BFI spokesperson.